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SubjectRe: [PATCH] rcu: avoid checking for constant
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:25:23AM +0100, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> rcu: avoid checking for constant
>
> When compiling kernel or module code with -O0, "offset" is no longer
> considered a constant, and therefore always triggers the build error
> that BUILD_BUG_ON is defined to yield.
>
> What is the rationale between the forced constant check,
> introduced in 9ab1544eb4196ca8d05c433b2eb56f74496b1ee3?

This question shouldn't live in the commit message. Please replace it
with an explanation of the change instead.

> Signed-off-by: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@medozas.de>
> ---
> include/linux/rcupdate.h | 22 ++++------------------
> 1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 18 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/rcupdate.h b/include/linux/rcupdate.h
> index 2cf4226..5e7286d 100644
> --- a/include/linux/rcupdate.h
> +++ b/include/linux/rcupdate.h
> @@ -795,24 +795,6 @@ static inline notrace void rcu_read_unlock_sched_notrace(void)
> #define RCU_INIT_POINTER(p, v) \
> p = (typeof(*v) __force __rcu *)(v)
>
> -static __always_inline bool __is_kfree_rcu_offset(unsigned long offset)
> -{
> - return offset < 4096;
> -}
> -
> -static __always_inline
> -void __kfree_rcu(struct rcu_head *head, unsigned long offset)
> -{
> - typedef void (*rcu_callback)(struct rcu_head *);
> -
> - BUILD_BUG_ON(!__builtin_constant_p(offset));
> -
> - /* See the kfree_rcu() header comment. */
> - BUILD_BUG_ON(!__is_kfree_rcu_offset(offset));
> -
> - call_rcu(head, (rcu_callback)offset);
> -}
> -
> /**
> * kfree_rcu() - kfree an object after a grace period.
> * @ptr: pointer to kfree
> @@ -836,6 +818,10 @@ void __kfree_rcu(struct rcu_head *head, unsigned long offset)
> * Note that the allowable offset might decrease in the future, for example,
> * to allow something like kmem_cache_free_rcu().
> */
> +#define __kfree_rcu(head, offset) \
> + call_rcu(head, (void (*)(struct rcu_head *))(unsigned long)(offset) + \
> + BUILD_BUG_ON_ZERO((offset) >= 4096))
> +

I had to stare at this for a while, and look up the definition of
BUILD_BUG_ON_ZERO. Naturally I assumed that BUILD_BUG_ON_ZERO(arg)
meant BUILT_BUG_ON((arg) == 0), which would have made the logic
backwards here. However, per the definition it just provides a
zero-returning version of BUILD_BUG_ON. Ow.

In any case, __kfree_rcu has void return type, so how about just using
do { ... } while(0) and BUILD_BUG_ON instead? That seems significantly
clearer.
Apart from that, I can live with this, though it seems horribly
backwards to replace an inline with a macro rather than the other way
around.

- Josh Triplett


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